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10 Free Tools to Create Your Own Font

April 7th, 2015
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10 Free Tools to Create Your Own Font

Fonts are a very powerful, individual way to present content. They influence our perception and how we interpret a content. Typography is very popular today, especially in a synergy with responsive web design, which has its own rules. There’s a plethora of free fonts available online. Just have a look at the huge Google Fonts directory that (currently) provides 671 fonts. Those can’t be...

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Fotor: Free Image Editor for Everyone and Any Device

April 5th, 2015
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Fotor: Free Image Editor for Everyone and Any Device

Finding a truly decent and powerful image editor is a rare event. Especially if you want it to be free on top of that. Enter Fotor – the image editor is one of those noteworthy exceptions. It’s not only free, but also available for all platforms: There are excellent smartphone apps for Android and iOS, respectively, and the desktop versions work with Windows or...

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New and Unspent: 10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (Edition: April 2015)

March 30th, 2015
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New and Unspent: 10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (Edition: April 2015)

Once again we have browsed the plugin directory of WordPress to find the best new WordPress tools for you. Plugins round WordPress off and without them you would have an extremely limited CMS. You won’t find well-known extensions in this list, but a potpourri of really fresh, new and unspent plugins that give you the best benefit. There should be something for most WordPress...

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Web Design: Transparency as a Design Element (plus Best Practices)

March 27th, 2015
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Web Design: Transparency as a Design Element (plus Best Practices)

Transparency has become a big hit in web design since most browsers can display it. Transparent elements are used to either set accents or draw attention to a certain area like images or text passages. But there are a few things that can go wrong while developing websites with transparent effects. Today we’ll show you what you should pay attention to. Let’s create a...

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International Language: The Emergence of Icons and Pictograms

March 24th, 2015
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International Language: The Emergence of Icons and Pictograms

Symbols and pictograms have been used since the beginning of history, in every stage of the evolution of the many forms of human communication, from the use of visual signs and figures to convey the meaning of concepts, words and sounds, to the development of spoken language to writing. As a communication form, pictograms have maintained their varied functions which have now become more...

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Design Trends in Responsive Navigation: Best Practices 2015

March 17th, 2015
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Design Trends in Responsive Navigation: Best Practices 2015

Responsive websites have become standard. More and more people switch from their desktop devices to mobile clients like smartphones and tablets to consume websites. If you don’t want to fall behind and lose valuable visitors, it’s about time to optimize your website for mobile view. Such a website provides a good and accessible navigation on mobile devices. Practically speaking, mobile navigation is one of...

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Blast from the Past #8: 90 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

March 12th, 2015
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Blast from the Past #8: 90 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

Smart navicons, chic slide out menus, heavily blurred backgrounds, sophisticated control centers, elegant outline graphics, splash screens – these clever solutions were incepted to improve mobile application interfaces in the first place. They also work well when it comes to refining website designs, unintentionally. Smart concepts successfully migrate from one platform to another, reinventing traditional layouts. Last year the integration of principles of mobile...

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WordPress Developer With Noupe: Everything About Theme Creation

March 4th, 2015
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WordPress Developer With Noupe: Everything About Theme Creation

Developing WordPress themes on your own is a great thing to do. I remember well how I worked on my first theme, and how much fun it was. Though afterwards, I was in a cold sweat, doing much reworking and bugfixing in order to make it through WordPress´s theme testing procedures. After all, I was very keen to present it to the whole world....

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Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

February 27th, 2015
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Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

On February 10 this year a new creative design software was unveiled: Affinity Photo by Serif debuted in beta and is currently available for free, exclusively for Mac OS X. The app claims to be a pro-level challenger to Adobe Photoshop, the undisputable top dog and standard in the publishing industry. After the beta phase, Affinity Photo will be available at the Mac App...

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Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

February 26th, 2015
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Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

Logos, be it wordmarks or symbols, are rarely „timeless“. Instead, they are regularly adapted over time – sometimes tentatively, sometimes more radical. Apart from taking on style details such as gloss, 3D, and shadow effects which disappear with the fading of those design trends, there seems to be an underlying general direction in logo design: shapes get more simple, proportions more harmonious, and details...